The Melbourne Stars completed their first win of this year’s Big Bash League after beating city rivals the Melbourne Renegades by a huge 112 runs.
The Stars, who were bottom of the table before play recorded a modest total of 169/6 from their 20 overs with Englishman Luke Wright top scoring with 39 off just 21 balls, Kevin Pietersen (25 off 28), Tom Triffit (22* off 13) and captain Cameron White (22 off 19) also chipped in.
However, some excellent bowling from Dwayne Bravo, finishing with figures of 3-22, removed power hitters James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, whilst David Hussey retired hurt.
The Renegades would have been pretty confident chasing 170 and a win for them would all but end the Stars chance of qualification but some fantastic early bowling from Michael Beer (2-14) and Jackson Bird (2-12) removed the Renegades top order, reducing them at one stage to 16/5.
Aaron Finch’s side could not recover and were eventually bowled out for just 57, with less than 13 overs completed.
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The result hampers the Renegades chance of qualification for the knock-out stage but gives the Stars a glimmer of hope of reaching the next round.
The Stars next game is against the Sydney Sixers at the MCG on January 5, while the Renegades travel to Hobart, to take on the Hurricanes on January 7.